What a brilliant wheeze. No idea why this guy didn't keep this until 1st April, but it sure shows a super sense of humour. i100:
A reddit user has managed to completely baffle the internet with his theory as to why Finland isn’t a real place.
Raregan argues that Finland is just Eastern Sweden, and that the UN has altered world maps as part of a conspiracy theory to keep the myth alive that the country exists.
"The idea that an entire country is made up seems so bizarre that nobody would ever believe it, making it easy to do."
He says Japan is the main player in the lie, because Finland’s main company, Nokia, is Japanese. Sweden and Russia “go along with it,” he says, but it’s mainly because of Japanese fishing rights.
The Japanese can’t fish as much due to “tight fishing regulations,” he writes, so after the cold war they “agreed with Russia to create a 'landmass' called Finland where they could fish”.
"The fish is then transported through Russia where a small percentage of the food is given to the population, (they were of course starving at the time of Finland being invented), and then is shipped to Japan under the disguise of 'Nokia' products. Japan is apparently one of the worlds largest importers of Nokia products despite the fact that 'nobody there owns a Nokia phone' apparently."
And the real clincher:
"What do fish have? Fins. Therefore they named their imaginary country Finland."